If you like ancient history, cheap prices, tasty food, and warm people then you’ll love Cambodia!
When you visit Cambodia you’ll discover it is an oasis of history, tropical beaches, and sobering legacy. You can visit 1000 year temples in Siem Reap, catch some sun and waves in Sihanoukville, or take a sobering visit the killing fields of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia is quickly becoming a go-to destination for gay men as it’s much cheaper than Thailand. You’ll save about 70 bucks per day coming to Cambodia over Thailand. Although gay men looking for a well developed tourism scene & party animals will probably enjoy Thailand more. I appreciated Cambodia for it’s pristine untouched nature experienced travelers will probably feel the same.
While Cambodians aren’t hostel to homosexuality you won’t see two Khmers holding hands in the street like you might in Bangkok. I didn’t feel threatened in any way while in Cambodia. As a gay traveler you needn’t worry you’ll have a good time in Cambodia as there are plenty of things and/or guys to do there.
Siem ReapThe name literally means Siam (Thailand) conquered. This was once the capital of the great Khmer Empire and is not the tourist epicenter of Cambodia. With its cheaper prices, beautiful ancient historical sites, and world class beaches Cambodia is quickly becoming a rival to Thailand for top gay destinations in SE Asia. While Cambodians aren’t hostel to homosexuality you won’t see two Khmers holding hands in the street like you might in Bangkok. Gay travelers report that they felt perfectly safe while in Cambodia. As a gay traveler you needn’t worry you’ll have a good time in Cambodia as there are plenty of things and/or guys to do there.
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Price-Winner CambodiaIf your main factor is price then Cambodia is the undisputed winner. According to Budget Your Trip you’ll save a whopping $70+ a day in Cambodia over Thailand! That being said price shouldn’t be your only consideration. After all the cheapest thing to do would be stay home right?
Human Development-Winner ThailandThailand is more developed than Cambodia. You’ll get good infrastructure, a well developed tourism infrastructure, and you won’t see naked children running around due to poverty.
History-Winner CambodiaCambodia has between 2000-4000 temples. Many of those over a 1000 years old. I cannot say strongly enough how enchanting my visit to Cambodia was. Seeing Angkor Wat and imagining what it was like 1000 years ago when the ancient Khmer royal family lived there elephants dropping off important guests into the temple was just astounding to me. What’s even more amazing is how the ancient Khmer figured out how to build those massive structures on the soft sandy soils that is Siem Reap. They are feat in human engineering and ingenuity. Then you have the killing fields of Phnom Pehn. A powerful but necessary experience to see what cruelty man is capable of against his fellow man. That’s not to say Thailand doesn’t have some nice temples but most of them are from the 18th century up and are standard brick and plaster architecture. I wasn’t impressed frankly. Thailand’s history is a snore compared to that of Cambodia.
Food-Toss upIf you’re into SE Asian cuisine you can’t go wrong with either country. I give a slight edge to Cambodia because the food is cheaper
Attractive Men-Winner ThailandWithout a doubt Thai men are way more attractive than their Cambodian (Khmer) counter parts and I like dark skinned Asians. That being said, the most attractive men in Asia reside in the Philippines
Authenticity -Winner CambodiaAs I stated in my other article I found Thailand to just be way too touristy. In Chiang Mai you’ll see white girls jogging in the streets. You’ll have to pause for a second to realize you’re in Thailand and not San Francisco. Cambodia you’ll get locals stopping you to talk to you because they’re curious about you instead of just numb to you like they are in Thailand.
Who wins Cambodia vs Thailand ?Who wins the Cambodia vs Thailand contest? If you’re an inexperienced solo traveler that wants a good well established tourist infrastructure then Thailand is your destination. If you want a more authentic image and experience of South East Asia then Cambodia is your place.
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Rude Staff & ManagerWhen I got to the Spa I ordered a massage and the masseur had a bad attitude. He didn’t speak to me and walked far ahead of me. I went to the reception and asked for another masseur. The receptionist rolled his eyes and said ‘we offer massage services and nothing else’ implying that I wanted another masseur because I was turned down for sex. I Never asked for, suggested, or implied that I wanted sex. I was greatly offended and I said no not for that I just want another masseur and he continued to argue with me. He said all the masseurs are of the same quality to I just walked out. There are too many spa’s here in Siem Reap to have to tolerate that poor level of service.In addition I contacted the manager and he just gave me an empty apology. No invitation to come back to give them a chance to make it right nor compensation such as a discount or anything for the way I was treated. I won’t be back.
Worst Experience in CambodiaI can honestly say my experience at Men’s Resort was the worst experience I’ve had of any massage parlor not just in Cambodia but in all of SE Asia or ever. It wasn’t just that the employee was rude but the manager’s/owners response was so smug. I can see why the employee wasn’t concerned about being rude to me.
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What I loved about Cambodia
The Culture-Khemrs are so kind and friendly and plus I like Buddhism
The Ancient Temples-I’m a history buff and I love ancient architecture. Going into those nearly millennia old temples and imaging what it was like when those kings were living in them and how immaculate they once were was an awesome wonderful experience that I’ll never forget
The Food-I love curry and south east asian food. It’s as good as Thai food but literally half the price
The price-Speaking of the price you just won’t get a better deal than Cambodia. Laos or some other butt poor countries are a little bit cheaper you’ll find the complete lack of infrastructure and safety aren’t worth the small price savings.
What I didn't like about Cambodia
The Khmer men just didn’t physically appeal to me that much.
Most of the guys on Grindr want money. In Siem Reap I’d say 60% of the guys on my grindr were money boys. It was less in Phnom Pehn but still quite a lot. Good old fashioned free fun from a guy that’s even remotely attractive can be tough to find sometimes.
The infrastructure while improving is still pretty bad. It took 6 hours to get Phnom Pehn to Siem Read because the road was so terrible
I’ve been spoiled by the Philippines so it was an unpleasant surprise when I discovered most of the population doesn’t speak a word of English. Even in the tourism industry the English level isn’t that great unless you get a good tour company.